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Old 04-18-2009, 04:39 PM   #1
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Help with door sag on vintage trailer

Hi all -

We are in phase two of getting our 1966 Overlander ready for the Big Trip out west. Phase one was Ben the R.V. guy outside of Jacksonville Florida. Ben is great, we love Ben.

However, Ben said that the original converter worked fine. Well my husband spent the day yesterday replacing the converter and today he built a shelf for me in one of the bathroom cupboards. We're so close!

The door of our trailer sags about 1/2 inch so you have to hike it up so it will close properly. We can live with that for now but would like to know how to fix it if possible without replacing the original door and hinge. Can you even buy a replacement hinge for one of these babies? The other problem with the sagging door is that the door cannot be help open by the nifty latch hubby just replaced on the exterior so the door wouldn't go banging around when opened. For now, we may just move the part on the door a bit lower so it can mate with the latch.

Anyone BTDT who can shed some light on this issue?

Thanks!

Lisa
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:00 PM   #2
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The trailer not sitting level or incorrect use of stabilizer jacks can also affect the door closing.
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:57 PM   #3
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There could be several reasons for the sag. It would help if you had a picture or two to help figure out where it's coming from.
If the hinge is loose where it attaches to the skin of the trailer you have a serious possibility of losing your door on the road somewhere. It might be very easy to fix, if you're lucky.

If the hinge pin is loose it may be replaceable. If the hinge attachment to the door skin is loose it's usually easier to fix than the other end, especially if you have to get behind the skin to repair it.

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Old 04-18-2009, 09:03 PM   #4
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You've got a very active Airstream unit right in Pensacola. They've even got their own RV camp. See if you can get in touch with them. I believe they are a WBCCI affiliate.

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You've got a very active Airstream unit right in Pensacola. They've even got their own RV camp. See if you can get in touch with them. I believe they are a WBCCI affiliate.

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Actually there is a Vintage Airstream Club rally at Mystic Springs this weekend. Herb Spies, VAC president, is a member of that unit and the organizer for the rally.

Head on over there and ask your questions.

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Old 04-19-2009, 09:45 AM   #6
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Yep, we know about the rally. But we're no longer in Pensacola but are now in the Piedmont region of NC.

The door sags because the part of the hinge that is on the door side, the holes are worn and elongated from 43 years of use. A PO had put in little rings of heavy gauge wire around the center pin under the worn places to try to push them up but this "fix" isn't working so well. We've thought about trying to push some washers in there maybe. I dunno.

Hubby is no longer thinking about the door because he is still trouble shooting a DC electrical issue.

Any thoughts from those of you with these vintage doors?

Lisa
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:53 AM   #7
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Hi Lisa,

Give Andy at Inland RV a call on Monday. He may have an answer for your door problem. www.inlandrv.com
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Lisa,

So this is the hole(s) for the hinge pin? Not the holes in the door skin? I think you'll have to go to the pros (Inland Andy) or find a replacement part. The only other option would be to find a smithy who could tighten up the holes.

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